Top corner: We Will Be Brave; Bottom row from left: Q, Relics of Love and War, The Taste of Mango | All photos courtesy of Reel Asian

Previewing Reel Asian International Film Festival 2023

Festival runs Nov. 8 - 19

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The 27th annual Reel Asian International Film Festival kicks off today in Toronto. Running until November 19, Reel Asian opens with Fawzia Mirza’s drama The Queen of My Dreams following its acclaimed debut at TIFF this year. POV‘s Alejandra De La Huerta recently spoke with Reel Asian Artistic Director Aram Siu Wai Collier about some of the documentaries screening at this year’s festival.

Feature docs at Reel Asian 2023 include We Will Be Brave, Chrisann Hessing’s portrait of the Toronto collective the Good Guise, a community group that seeks to reframe conversations about masculinity. Women’s stories, meanwhile, fuel Jude Chehab’s Q as she takes audiences on an intergenerational road movie that considers a matriarchal religious order. Chloe Abraham’s The Taste of Mango is a poetic study of trauma and resilience, while Reel Asian hosts the world premiere of veteran filmmaker Keith Lock’s Relics of Love and War, which examines the filmmaker’s family history through archives.

Watch the interview below to learn about more highlights at this year’s festival!

Alejandra De La Huerta is currently completing her studies at York University as a Media Arts student. She is with POV Magazine as a field placement student to learn more about documentaries, directors and the film industry. Alejandra has a strong passion for sharing stories on environmental issues and social justice and plans to make her own documentaries in the future. She enjoys photography and using 360 video to capture narratives through a new lens.

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